HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Hoi An is an old town down the Thu Bon River, on the coastal plain of Quang Nam Province, about 30 km south of Da Nang City. What is so special about Hoi An is that this little port town is in an incredible state of preservation. It offers some of the most densely-concentrated sights in Viet Nam with its old streets bordered with ancient houses and assembly halls, its pagodas, temples, ancient wells and tombs. In total, more than a thousand places of interest.
Address: Hoi An ancient town, Hoi An, Quang Nam
FUJIAN ASSEMBLY HALL (PHUC KIEN)
Fujian (Phuc Kien) Assembly Hall was built around 1690 and functions as a traditional assembly hall for the Chinese ethnic group from Fujian, China to socialise and worship. Fujian Assembly Hall bears all the fundamental features in structure of a Chinese Assembly Hall. Its ornate gate and colourful courtyard with fountains make the temple very photogenic.
Address: 46 Tran Phu St. | Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM
OLD HOUSE OF TAN KY
Located at the Old Quarter of Hoi An Ancient Town, Tan Ky Old House is an almost perfect example of a 18th merchant’s residence in this major commercial port town. Therefore though it’s not the oldest, Tan Ky is the most well-preserved in Hoi An.
There are many of the house’s details, which have remained unchanged to this day, including the storage area, the outside structure made of bricks and tiles, floor covered with Bat Trang bricks. The use of jack-fruit trees, ironwood and peck-wood for inside furniture with thick roofs and wooden walls has kept the house cool in summer and warm in winter.
Address: 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc St. | Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM
HOI AN TRADITIONAL ART PERFORMANCE THEATRE
The theatre offers live performances of Vietnamese folk music and folk dance. The music, dance, instruments and costumes perfectly complement to all the historical sites in Hoi An. Throughout the show, the performers bring about life to the many artifacts and relics that exist everywhere in this small town, from houses to houses. The music, dance, instruments and costumes perfectly complement to all the historical sites in Hoi An.
The show here is free if you have paid the entrance fee into the town (this ticket allows a tourist to see 5 attractions, sites or shows inside the town).
Address: 75 Nguyen Thai Hoc St. | Hours: 5:30 PM - 10 PM
TRA QUE HERB VILLAGE
Tra Que is a small village located 3km north of Hoi An’s Old Town. Its location is between De Vong River and Tra Que alga pond. Thanks to the special condition of rich soil and water, the village has long been known for growing many kinds of vegetables: lettuce, salad, houttuynia, flagrant knoutwed, basil and coriander vegetables etc, with which the traditional specialities of Hoi An have gained part of their fame.
Tourists visitting Tra Que Village are often fascinated by watching the farming procedures of local farmers, including: raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables and many other activities which are rarely seen in modern daily life.
Address: Tra Que village, Cam Ha commune, Hoi An city | Hours: 7:30 AM - 5 PM
CAM THANH WATER COCONUT VILLAGE
Cam Thanh village is about 4ha ,during the Vietnam war this was the shelter for local people and soldiers. Nowadays, this place is famous for providing the most seafood procduts for this area. At here, you will have a chance to learn some traditional fishing techniques and how to paddle the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war.
Address: Hamlet 2, Cam Thanh commune, Hoi An city
AN BANG BEACH
Just four kilometres from Hoi An centre, An Bang Beach is the perfect complement to the sightseeing and tourist bustle of town. With the once popular Cua Dai Beach suffering from severe erosion, An Bang now holds the crown as Hoi An’s go-to beach. Whether you want to hide under an sun umbrella (there are many available), hang out at one the casual bars or plop yourself on white sand, reserve at least a day on your Hoi An itinerary for some An Bang R&R.
Address: An Bang hamlet, Cam An commune, Hoi An city (located in the north east of Hoi An)
CHAM ISLAND (CU LAO CHAM)
Cham Island is a group of 8 small islands, which has been recognized by UNESCO as the World Biosphere Reserve (Cu Lao Cham Marine Park).This ideal destination is endowed with marvelous topography of mountain slopes and biological diversity.
What appeals to tourists in Cham Island is its wide variety of leisure activities in a picturesque and pristine setting. Traditional forms of recreation range from swimming on crystal-clear beaches, sunbathing on long-stretching white-sandy coast to exploring the forest.
Address: 30 minutes express boat from Cua Dai Beach
MY SON SANCTUARY
My Son Sanctuary is located in My Son village, Duy Tan commune, Duy Xuyen district, 30km west of Tra Kieu (the ancient capital of Cham people) and 69km south-west of Da Nang city. Nestling in a narrow valley surrounded by mountains, this temple, tower complex is a masterpiece of ancient Cham architecture.
My Son consists of 70 architectural works ranging from small to great size. It used to be holly land of Cham people from the 4th to 13th century.
Address: My Son village, Duy Tan commune, Duy Xuyen district, Quang Nam province
HOI AN CENTRAL MARKET
If you wish to experience the unique Asian markets in Vietnam, Central Market in Hoi An is definitely a nice place to come. As typical local market, the products here are predominantly food with seafood section closest to the water. There are also fresh fruits, vegetables as well as many kinds of prepared meals if you’re confident to try. When bargaining, don’t hesitate to suggest about half the price and continue to work towards an agreement. Just walk on and smile to avoid the hassled by the stall holders.
Address: Nguyen Hue & Tran Phu St. | Hours: 5 AM - 6 PM
Photo by: Matt Colins (http://www.mattcollinsphotography.co.uk)